In May 2011, three Academy students will travel to South Bend, Indiana, for the 2011 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The group was selected to advance to the second round of the competition on the strength of their recorded video audition. The event will be held on the campus of the University of Notre Dame and will feature three rounds of competitions culminating in the final round on Sunday May 15.
The Interlochen trio selected for the competition includes: Keith Bunke, of Lake Oswego, Oregon, on bassoon; Tim Daniels, of Colliersville, Tennessee, on oboe; and May Ye, of Waterville, Maine, on piano. They have prepared works by Previn and Poulenc. “It is the culmination of a year of performing together,” said Tim. “And even if we don’t win, just being there is a great reward for our hard work and efforts.”
The winners from the junior division will receive $2000 and may also have the opportunity to perform on “From the Top,” a weekly, hour-long radio program that features America's top young classical musicians. The program airs on 250 stations nationwide, including Interlochen Public Radio. Perhaps more importantly, however, many past winners of the Fischoff competition have used the recognition as a springboard to future professional success.
Sponsored by the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association, the annual event is the world’s largest chamber music competition, attracting around 125 ensembles each year, which can include a wide variety of chamber ensembles ranging from brass quintets, string quartets, woodwind quintets, piano trios, saxophone quartets, string sextets, percussion ensembles, wind trios as well as other combinations of winds and strings.